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How to Make Better Brownies from a Mix

You can make better brownies from a mix by adding a few ingredients. In fact, they’ll taste like you made them from scratch.

Plate of 4 brownies

Box brownies deliver a treat with fudgy brownie flavor and texture. Really, who cares if you make box mix brownies, as long as they have the delicious chocolate flavor the whole family (and all your friends) enjoy?

I’m obviously a fan of brownies, and I don’t always make them from a mix. Here’s a wonderful Gluten Free Brownies recipe that you snd your family will love!

It’s so easy to take your brownie baking to a whole new level of deliciousness you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of it sooner! You can use any size of brownie mix, from the small snack size to the larger family size. Keep in mind that the extra ingredients will add volume to the brownie batter. So make sure you have a big enough baking pan and allow for a minute longer baking time. The brownies boxes typically have the recommended size pan to use somewhere near the directions.

How to Make Brownies from a Mix Taste Homemade

It’s up to you whether or not to tell others how easy this is.

I often start out thinking I’ll keep it a secret, but I almost always tell on myself.

The ingredients used are some of my favorites. You can actually add whatever you want.

First, try this recipe. And next time, swap out some of the ingredients for things you think might be good.

I’ve also made brownies from a mix with extra cocoa powder and a little bit of mint.

As long as you use high-quality ingredients, your brownies will turn out delicious!

Ingredients for Better Brownies from a Mix

Start with a box of brownie mix and all of the ingredients listed in the instructions. Most of them call for vegetable oil, eggs, and sometimes water.

After you do whatever the recipe calls for, you can start working your magic.

If you want to make them the way I typically do, you’ll also need chocolate chips (dark chocolate or milk chocolate chips), chopped nuts, vanilla extract, and frosting.

Those added ingredients give these brownies that next level, made-from-scratch, homemade flavor.

Brownie mix, chocolate chips, vanilla extract, pecans, and chocolate frosting

The brownie mix I used already had some chocolate chips, but I still added more. I also used a gluten-free mix.

You can make your own frosting.

But since you’re altering the original recipe from the mix, ready-made frosting will be just fine.

Or you can add a splash of vanilla and a few mini chocolate chips to the frosting.

For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.

Plate of better brownies on a plate by baking pan

There are so many different types of ingredients you can add–even some unlikely ones.

Other delicious add-ons are coconut, Rice Krispies, marshmallows, butterscotch chips, sprinkles, or mini peanut butter cups.

I’ve learned that the addition of coffee gives brownies a richer flavor, so I tried it. Strong brewed coffee was good, but a tablespoon of instant coffee was even better.

Or you can use a tablespoon of espresso powder. The rich flavor this adds will disguise the fact that this is such an easy dessert to make.

You can even add dried fruit if you want more texture. Raisins and dried pineapple will add quite a bit of depth to the texture and flavor.

If you look through your pantry, you’ll probably find some extra ingredients that will work to improve your brownies even more.

Don’t forget to check out the spices, like cinnamon and ginger. In fact, I think ginger will give it quite a unique and exotic flavor.

How to Make Better Brownies from a Mix – Box Brownie Recipe

In a large mixing bowl combine all of the ingredients listed on the brownie mix package.

I typically use the exact measurements of everything on the box recipe for brownies as the company intended.

Stir until well mixed. When you mix brownies, the batter will be extremely thick, unlike cake batter.

Next, add the chocolate chips, chopped nuts, and vanilla extract. Fold these ingredients into the brownie batter.

Batter in a bowl with added ingredients including chopped pecans

After that, pour the mixture into a greased baking pan the size that is called for on the package.

Or if you’re the adventurous type, you might want to go a tad smaller with the pan.

However, if you do this, add an extra 5 minutes to the baking time because the batter will be thicker.

Brownie batter in a baking pan

Bake until the brownies are done. If you like gooey brownies, cut the time short by 3-5 minutes.

Place them on a baking rack or trivet on the counter and allow them to completely cool.

Baked brownies in a pan

Using either ready-made frosting or some you whipped up from scratch, frost the top of the brownies.

You can also cover the brownies in a whipped topping, either while their still in the pan or after you cut them.

No one will believe these weren’t made from scratch because brownies in a box have never been so good!

Spreading the frosting

Cut the brownies into squares or rectangles and serve!

These brownies are absolutely delicious! After all, you enhanced them with some of the most delicious ingredients.

Brownies will always be one of my favorite desserts. And even more so when I add other ingredients for flavor and texture.

plate of frosted brownies beside uncooked brownie batter in a pan

More Delicious Recipes

Dessert is a special treat around our house, so I like to experiment with textures and flavors. I often start out with an established recipe and tweak it to make it my own.

If you like brownies, then you’ll probably also enjoy these peanut butter Cocoa Krispie treats. The kids will love them, especially if you let them help you make them!

Another delicious treat I enjoy is this chocolate walnut pie. It’s perfect for dessert or when you need something to go with an afternoon coffee.

You might also like my friend Julie’s Buckeye brownies. That girl knows how to bake! Her desserts are amazing!

In case you haven’t noticed, I love both chocolate and nuts! Together, they’re absolutely heavenly.

That’s why I love this yummy rocky road fudge. You’ll enjoy making it because the reward is so delicious for how easy it is to make.

We also enjoy these delicious 2-ingredient lemon cake bars. They have a chewier texture than most cake, which is why I call them bars.

See this recipe shared at Meal Plan Monday, Weekend Potluck, and Full Plate Thursday.

Yield: 8 servings

Better Brownies from a Mix

Plate of 4 brownies

Make brownies from a mix taste even better by adding a few ingredients.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • Box of your favorite brownie mix with all of the ingredients listed on the package
  • 1/2 cup of chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of chopped nuts
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 container of frosting (chocolate, cream cheese, or vanilla)


    1. Preheat your oven to the recommended temperature on the brownie mix instructions and spray the bottom of a baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Check the instructions on the mix for the size of pan you'll need.
    2. Prepare the brownie mix according to the instructions on the package.
    3. Add the vanilla, chocolate chips, and chopped nuts to the batter. Mix well.
    4. Pour the mixture into the baking pan and bake according to the directions on the brownie mix box.
    5. Allow the brownies to cool to room temperature before frosting them.
    6. Cut the brownies into squares or rectangles and serve!


If you want extra moist and chewy brownies, cut the cooking time by 3-5 minutes.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 220Total Fat 19gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 14gCholesterol 23mgSodium 48mgCarbohydrates 13gFiber 1gSugar 8gProtein 3g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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Friday 17th of April 2020

You did not say what size brownie mix...some mixes are for an 8X8 pan, some are for a 9X13 pan. Which size to add the extra ingredients?


Friday 17th of April 2020

Hi Julie. Thanks for your input. I added instructions to use the size of pan recommended on the box of mix.

kitty welch

Friday 17th of April 2020

I make boxed brownies with cut up maraschino cherries and nuts . Delicious.


Friday 17th of April 2020

Hi Kitty! Sounds great! Cherries and nuts always make dessert better!

Donna A Pollock

Friday 17th of April 2020

I do sometimes make brownies from a box. Sometimes you need a quick recipe to make. After I make my mix and right before I put them in the oven, I put small pretzels, on top. When they come out of the oven I let them cool completely and then frost them with a jar of Hot Fudge sauce,and a jar of Caramel, then I put on top of that Reese mini peanut butter cups Reese pieces, and a package of Chex mix, the regular one the original one, then drizzle it all over again with a warmed up jar of Hot Fudge Sauce. These are to die for......sweet and salty it is very good. I sometimes have all this in my pantry but I always have something, like potato chips, mini marshmallows to make a rocky road version with chopped almonds. Just go crazy make what ever you want and then put whatever you want on top. make a peanut butter butter drizzle by melting a bag of peanut butter chips and a can of sweetend condensed milk and 1/2 cup peanut butter. Melt them altogether and drizzle this on top of your brownie. I love this site and everyone who cooks here, Keep up the great work and recipes.


Friday 17th of April 2020

Thanks, Donna! Sounds wonderful! There are so many things you can do to take brownie mix from good to great! I'll try something salty on my brownies soon.

Beckey Freiberg

Friday 17th of April 2020

I ALWAYS add coffee in place of water in chocolate mixes and recipes - adds a richness you can't get any other way!


Friday 17th of April 2020

Hi Beckey! Yes, coffee makes everything better! Thanks for the tip!


Wednesday 8th of April 2020

I almost always add chocolate chips, peanut butter, or even crushed Oreos to our brownie mix too.

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